In the end, there was quiet.
After an eventful transfer window in which Everton not only brought in five new faces but also shattered their club record signing, the Toffees rode out a hectic deadline day without a significant move. Roberto Martinez was said to be active in looking for new recruits, but nothing was resolved by the 23:00 BST deadline.
Much of the day’s drama revolved around a four way stand off between Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa and midfielder Tom Cleverley. The mutual admiration between Cleverley and Martinez has been well-documented, and both sides were keen to renew their relationship. Here’s how everything unfolded:
-United were looking to sell the player for £7 million
-Aston Villa met United’s valuation
-Cleverley inflated his wage demands in an effort to put off Aston Villa’s efforts
-Everton approached United with a loan offer, while Louis van Gaal held out for a permanent move
In the end, no deal could be consummated, and it’s probably for the best. It seems a foregone conclusion Cleverley will link up with Everton once his contract runs out after this season, so there was no reason for Martinez to part with a sizable sum this summer.
Beyond Cleverley, Everton were linked with center backs Ryan Shawcross of Stoke and Rolando of Porto, but neither rumor gained much traction. The manager said following the Chelsea match that he didn’t believe additions were necessary to restore order to the defense, so it’s very likely that there was nothing to either of those stories to being with.
One defender did officially depart Goodison, Shane Duffy. Blackburn and Everton both confirmed the deal was finalized today.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a deadline day for Everton without some sort of shenanigans, which is where David Henen enters the frame. You’ll remember Henen, the 18-year old Belgian wunderkind who has been at Finch Farm all summer. In an impossible turn of events, Henen did not end up signing for Everton. Instead, it was Olympiakos who swooped in and coughed up the £3 million Anderlecht were asking for the forward.
Except that’s not the weird part.
While it has yet to be confirmed, Henen is now expected to join up with Everton on loan. How all this works is anyone’s guess, but the most credible theory has it that Everton and Anderlecht could not agree to a deal, so Olympiakos stepped up as a sort of third-party intermediary. Brilliant, in every possible way.
It’s easy to be deflated when your club don’t make a splash on deadline day, it’s difficult to argue with the business Everton did during the summer window. The additions of Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto’o, Gareth Barry, Mume Besic and Christian Atsu represent a massive statement by the club and a positive step for the future. Martinez’s willingness to explore further signings prove the transfer kitty hasn’t quite yet run dry, and could open the door for more additions come January.
Up the Toffees.